Tara Williams holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Creative Arts in Music from the University of Newcastle Conservatorium. Whilst completing these degrees she studied Singing with Maree Ryan, Neil Easton, John Germain and Jennifer Barnes and was a finalist in the Opera and Arts Support Groups’ Scholarships competition in what is now the Sydney Eisteddfod.
As a performer Tara has extensive experience in opera, music theatre, cabaret and concert recitals. She has performed in concert with the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Opera House Orchestra and has broadcast for Radio 2MBS-FM. Tara has performed with such notable singers and conductors as Joan Carden, John Germain, Antony Walker, American Isaiah Jackson and Victor Morris of the English National Opera. Tara has also participated in master classes given by Opera Australia’s Sharolyn Kimmorley and French soprano Marie-Therese Driscoll.
Notable performances include Nigel Butterley’s opera Lawrence Hargreaves Flying Alone with the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, the world premier of Katrina Pring’s opera Daphne (as Aphrodite), commissioned for the Newcastle Conservatorium’s Fiftieth Anniversary and the Legends of Opera concerts in Sydney and Melbourne. She has toured nationally with the Sydney Latvian Theatre Company’s production Kabaret de Riga and, most recently, was guest soloist at the Adelaide Lithuanian Cultural Festival.
As a conductor and music educator Tara has conducted the Australian Girls’ Choir, the City of Sydney Singers and the Beethoven Society of Australia. She has tutored in Voice at the University of Western Sydney as well as at a number of leading Sydney private schools. Prior to relocating to northern NSW in 2012 Tara ran a busy music studio in Sydney where she taught Singing, Piano and Music Theory. Tara’s students have been awarded music scholarships at various Sydney private schools as well as being accepted into such selective organisations as the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney Children’s Choir, Gondwana Voices, Pacific Opera and Opera Australia Children’s Chorus. Many of her students have gone on to study Music at a tertiary level.
Tara has served on the committee of the Inner West Eisteddfod and was convenor of the Piano section from 2002 – 2008.
Since moving to the Tweed Coast Tara has devoted herself to raising her family and becoming active in her local community.